“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” We’ve heard this phrase over and again since our earliest school days – usually after experiencing repeated failure. It epitomizes one characteristic that helps us develop into productive members of society: persistence. Persistence is defined as firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. In by that definition it is neither a positive or negative activity. It just means we stick to whatever we’re doing. And in more than 20 years of working with….
There’s a good reason to get your teenager off the couch and out the door for work. Studies show that “work experiences are a critical component of preparing youth for transition to adulthood.” In particular, early work experiences – especially those in which the work is combined with a targeted skills training component – help young people develop those elusive “soft skills” for which employers are increasingly seeking in their entry-level employees. Soft-Soft Skill Training Remains Largely Elusive for Most Youth Although employers are increasingly seeking soft-skills in their new….
So, Mom and Dad, how did this school year go for you? Did your student soar through school assignments with ease? Was he or she a constant source of joy for the family? Or was your daily experience a living nightmare as you tried to help your son or daughter through one grueling hour of homework after another? If that was more your experience I have good news for you – summer break is almost here, giving you a much needed reprieve from the nightly grind. Unfortunately, summer only lasts….